Self-compassion. This word has been materialized, unfortunately, giving off a certain unnecessary fluffiness to it, causing people to miss the point. We see it as an activity, or something only "weak-people" do. I give it some new thought this week for this week's self-leadership meditation, with the aim of helping people see it in a way that empowers them to take a new look at self-leading - and how to do this in a way that sparks rejuvenation and growth.
Fear. We hear this word SO much, and seem to think that it's what everyone is doing: trying to make us be afraid. Although, there is probably some truth in this, and they think they're in the driver's seat, they're not - you are. Come listen as I reflect in this week's self-leadership meditation.
Ego. A lot of times we think, ‘if I’m not this ‘thing’ than what am I really?’ Or, ‘I didn’t work this hard to throw it all away.’ Or, ‘Isn’t that so bad, or isn’t that so good?’ It’s been such a challenge to get our minds wrapped around the fact that we are not these structures we build up around ourselves. We’re simply not. No one was born to be a leader, or be a business owner, or teacher. We were born to be human, and with that comes significant understandings, to be found through reflection and intuition, in order to live in alignment with these understandings to feel presence in our lives, none of which talk anything about accumulation or a separate ‘me’ as the path. Listen this week as I reflect on this idea for our weekly (self) leadership meditation.
Environment is a reflection of the 'invironment' - this goes for earth's environment, which we are inextricably tied to, and of our own personal natures. Often we hear about environments, but we never hear about what created the environment, and then why it's not changing. Personal growth is not about changing your environment, it's about allowing your 'invironment' to change, and then allow the new environments to take shape from there. Listen now as I reflect for this week's leadership meditation.
Courage. Is it a capacity, or does it only spontaneously arise? Can we cultivate it, so when the time comes we can access it? What is courage anyways? Some questions I look at for this week's leadership meditation.
Worthiness. This word gives me hives. It supposes one is more worthy than the other. Or that only based on one's actions or external approvals should they afford themselves the chance at worth, be it professional or personal. Self-worth is the most of fundamental human capacities, and is not owned by actions, or outcomes, more so, it is recognized in the absence of something that gets in the way of it, and it is not external to oneself. This relates greatly to leadership and self-leadership as it's not something that is granted, rather worth is your's always and your's realized.
Heart. Science will show us that it has 5x the electromagnetic activity than the brain, and that from a motivational standpoint, heart is the power center to make meaningful goals come to life. But, let's go a little deeper, away from science for a minute, and more to the heart of the matter. Listen now as I reflect on heart for this week's leadership meditation.
Like for like. Does it ever work with negative emotions? But, thinking more deeply, even with seemingly good intention, does anger met with anger produce the outcome one's looking for? Thought patterns are riddled with paradoxes, and something I reflect on in this week's meditation.
Practice. When we read this, we may think 'work.' The interesting thing about practice, though, is that no matter what, you are practicing something, specifically, your habits. Practice is neutral, but remains central in all of our lives. Listen in as I reflect on this notion for this week's meditation.
State shift. We've hit the point, you know the one; the one where you want to turn things off for a few, but just can't seem to get the mind to calm. This week I provide 3-simple steps to shift from fight, flight or freeze, to a sense of calm in under a minute. It's easy, and straight-forward, and can be used at any point in the day. All the best.
Quick Guide for Goals. This week, I lay out a straightforward way of thinking about goals, and how to position them so you are most likely to follow-through. There are some important elements to consider, to help yourself become most efficient in the pursuit of your ambitions.
Happiness. Seems like a word people are sick of hearing these days. Why? It's not something to grow indifferent on, it's about making sure you are preserving and fostering it, but we can make a critical error in how to do this, and what I reflect on this week in the leadership meditation.
Slowing down. Something EVERYONE wants, yet, could we be applying the wrong principle to what creates less forward movement. I take just a few minutes to reflect on what is a topic that needs a collective focus.
History. Sometimes things worked really well. Sometimes, not as much. Why don’t smooth structures last? Is it the constant of improvement that actually makes things break thing down further? Listen as I reflect on the notion of history, improvement and growth.
Habits. They can lead to great peace and happiness, or to great suffering and pain. Here are 7-questions I personally use when evaluating whether or not a habit is going to stick around.
Work. Some define it as their job. Others define it for what it literally means, being labor or output. How do you define work? This Labor Day week I reflect on the notion of work.
Status Quo. Something ok leadership is always evaluating, and challenging - but, what great leadership is willing to completely change for the collective well-being. Listen as I reflect on this notion in this week's leadership meditation.
Goals. Every sets them, yet, few reach what they set out to achieve. Why? This week I reflect on the crucial role of emotion and feel when pursuing meaningful outcomes, and how they are the difference of sticking with something, or not.